German unemployment down to 7.0 percent

Associated Press + More

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's labor agency says the country's unemployment rate slipped to 7.0 percent in April thanks to a traditional springtime upturn.

The agency said Wednesday the unadjusted jobless rate was down from 7.2 percent in March.

It says a total of 2.96 million people were registered as unemployed in Europe's biggest economy — 65,000 fewer than in March, breaking the psychologically important barrier of 3 million.

On the year, the number of unemployed fell by 115,000 as strong domestic demands and steady exports keep Germany's economy growing.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.